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Judges: Public Appointments

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) black persons, (b) Asian persons, (c) women and (d) men were appointed as judges in 2008. (256677)

There were 309 salaried judges and fee-paid judges appointed to courts and tribunals in England and Wales in 2008. Of these, 117 (37.8 per cent.) were women and 192 (62.1 per cent.) were men. We do not hold the ethnic breakdown in the form requested, but 28 (9 per cent.) appointees described their ethnicity as other than white, with 17 (5.5 per cent.) appointees not responding.